Art Alert: Belgian historian to speak on Pharaonic Middle Kingdom in Zamalek

Ahram Online , Wednesday 16 Mar 2016

In a lecture at the NVIC in Cairo, renowned historian and archaeologist Dimitri Laboury will focus on the forms and functions of Middle Kingdom art during the period of Thutmosis

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(Photo: from NVIC's Facebook event)

A lecture titled "Quotes and Uses of Middle Kingdom Art During the Thutmosid Period" will be given by Dimitri Laboury at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC) on Thursday, 31 March.

The lecture will centre on identifying the forms and functions of Middle Kingdom art during the period of Thutmosis.

According to the event description, lecturer Dimitri Laboury will look into the disruption of the Second Intermediate Period and how it was expressed, and will proceed to analyse the development of references to Middle Kingdom art starting with the 18th Dynasty up till the reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III when new artistic techniques were introduced.

Special attention will be given to the relationship between creativity and archaism during the rule of Queen Hatshepsut, while looking into how innovation was conceptualised in ancient Egyptian culture.

Laboury is research director at the National Foundation for Scientific Research of Belgium (FNRS) and an associate professor of ancient Egyptian art history, archaeology, history and history of religion at Université de Liège (ULg) in Belgium.

In Egypt, Laboury has taken part in several archaeological expeditions, particularly in the Theban area and in Amarna.

He is also co-director of the Belgian Archaeological Expedition in the Theban Necropolis, and director of a project studying ancient Egyptian painters and artists, their practices and social statuses, enabled through a grant from the FNRS (National Fund for Scientific Research).

Thursday, 31 March, 6pm
NVIC, 1 Dr Mahmoud Azmi Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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